Brian K. Evenson Professor of Literary Arts [ Inactive ]

Brian Evenson is the author of nine books of fiction, including Altmann's Tongue , Dark Property , The Wavering Knife , The Open Curtain , Fugue State , and Last Days . He has translated work by Rafael Cadenas, Jean Frémon and Jacques Jouet. He has received an O. Henry Prize, an IHG Prize, and an NEA fellowship. The Open Curtain was a finalist for an Edgar Award and was called one of the ten best books of the year by Time Out New York.

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scholarly work

The Drownable Species (Arizona: New Lights Press, 2008). Artist book.

The Open Curtain: A Novel (forthcoming from Coffee House Press, Fall 2006). [French translation by Jean-René and Julie Etienne (Paris: Le Cherche-Midi Editeur, forthcoming 2007).]

The Wavering Knife (Tallahassee, FL: Fiction Collective 2, 2004).

The Brotherhood of Mutilation (Shrewsbury, MA: Earthling Books, July 2003). [French translation by Françoise Smith (Paris: Editions 10/18, forthcoming 2007).]

Altmann's Tongue: Stories and Novella, 2nd Edition (paperback): (Lincoln, NE: Bison Books, 2002 [contains additional story, introduction by Alphonso Lingis, and afterword by the author]).

Dark Property: An Affliction (New York: Black Square Editions, 2002).

Contagion (Oregon: Wordcraft Press, 2000). [French translation by Christophe Claro (Paris: Le Cherche-Midi Editeur, 2005).]

Father of Lies (New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1998).

Prophets and Brothers (Chicago: Rodent Press, 1997). Limited edition, four stories.

The Din of Celestial Birds (Oregon: Wordcraft Press, 1997).

Altmann's Tongue: Stories and Novella (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994)

research overview

Fiction writing, translation (from French), narrative theory, the points of intersection between genre and literary fiction.

research statement

Besides writing fiction and publishing translations, I am working on a book on the intersection of creative writing and narrative theory, trying to think about the way in which contemporary innovative fiction poses questions and creates problems that contemporary narrative theory has difficulty answering, and vice versa.